A stitch in time: Museum of Making and Mending
An exhibition housing everyday items that were created or repaired in times past is captivating audiences at the county library headquarters (LHQ), County Hall.
The Museum of Making and Mending is an inspired, collaborative project involving artists Tess Leak and Sarah Ruttle as well as residents and staff at several West Cork community hospitals and day care centres.
It forms part of the west Cork-based “arts for health” project dedicated to the education and creative needs of people in health care settings.
The exhibition originated in 2016 as an eight-week project at Skibbereen day care centre, in which the participants drew on their personal experiences to create a collection of objects such as clothing and household implements. The artists then created poems and visual art pieces from the narrative of the items’ personal and social relevance.
Skibbereen day care co-ordinator, Mary Willis, reflects how it was of “benefit to everyone’s health to converse and reminisce”, while simultaneously “unearthing evoking creative ideas that got hands moving”.
The exhibition’s mode of part personal experience and part social commentary is easily discernible.
A display of hats reflects a time when headgear more commonly denoted the wearer’s career or social standing. “In the 40s and 50s a hat was far more than a fashion item. You could tell a lot about a person from their hat,” says Uillinn programme manager, Justine Foster. Cooking uten- sils reflect times when meals were intensely home-prepared, while works tools provide further interpretations and memories.
Yet the practice of re-using material is also now contemporary, as environmental concerns create a new necessity. Notably, there are no plastic bottles on display.
The exhibition runs Mon-Fri 9–5.30pm throughout Dec.
A workshop for those interested in contributing further to the project will be held at the LHQ gallery on Friday from 11am-1pm. Bookings: sinead.don[email protected]coco.ie; 021 4285000, extn. 6970 artsforhealthwestcork.com
The Museum of Making and Mending exhibition housing everyday items that were created or repaired in times past. County library headquarters (LHQ), County Hall.
The Museum of Making and Mending exhibition housing everyday items that were created or repaired in times past. The exhibition runs Monday to Friday 9am to 5.30pm throughout December.See: www.artsforhealthwestcork.com